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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | December 20, 1993
Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown wants to stop people like Edward S. Hanson Jr. and Okey Lewis from hanging out on Main Street.The men say they have been hassled by city police, although they are breaking no laws by standing around talking. They ask where the mayor would like them to go, because Carroll County has no emergency overnight shelter open to them.So far, no one has generated a solution to the situation."If [police] catch you [drinking], they tell you to go down under the [Green Street]
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February 4, 2014
The field of candidates vying to represent Carroll County in the House of Delegates just became more crowded. Westminster Mayor Kevin Utz is the latest candidate to file for one of three District 5 seats. Utz, who filed Jan. 31, is now one of seven Republican candidates on the ballot for the new district, which represents much of Carroll County. The primary is June 24. "I think that I would do well in Annapolis," Utz said, stressing his knowledge of how government operates at both the local and state level.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1999
Westminster Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan called yesterday for a countywide summit on a critical issue -- water."With all the growth, water is the No. 1 issue and dwarfs all others," Yowan said as he made his summit suggestion at the quarterly meeting of Carroll mayors with the Board of County Commissioners.Yowan added that he would welcome "anything you can do in the long term to increase the supply."Mayors of the eight towns use the quarterly meetings to air their concerns, and water and economic development topped yesterday's agenda.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2011
The three weeks when the Baltimore Ravens typically train in Westminster is a time for this Carroll County city to revive itself from the dog days of summer and get ready for the return of students to McDaniel College. But these days the downtown area is devoid of many people — and most shades of purple — as the team opted to train at its in-season facility in Owings Mills because of the uncertainty surrounding the NFL lockout that ended last week after more than 100 days. Though lifelong resident and first-term mayor Kevin Utz can't put an exact dollar figure on the loss of revenue due to the team's absence, he said Sunday that restaurants whose clientele came strictly to watch their favorite NFL team practice could lose between "10 and 20 percent" of their expected revenue and the Best Western hotel where the Ravens housed their players and coaches would likely be affected even more.
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By Fred Rasmussen and Fred Rasmussen,Contributing Writer | April 8, 1993
Westminster City Council President William F. Haifley said yesterday that he will not run for mayor or any other office in the May 10 election.Mr. Haifley's announcement at City Hall included an ardent attack on Mayor W. Benjamin Brown, who said minutes later that he had filed to run for a second four-year term.Mr. Haifley, an eight-year councilman who had been widely rumored as a possible mayoral candidate, said in prepared remarks, "It would be an improvement in city government if Mayor Brown were out of office."
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By Bill Talbott and Bill Talbott,Staff Writer | February 12, 1993
Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown told the Carroll County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Council yesterday that he is "amazed at the significant increase in drugs in the area.""These drugs can lead to shootings, as we saw on Center Street recently," Mr. Brown said, referring to the Jan. 28 shooting death of Gregory Lamont Howard, 22, which city police described as drug-related."This young man was affiliated with his church, sang with the church choir, but had been associated with drugs for a long period of time," the mayor told the council at its meeting at Westminster High School.
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By Hanah Cho and Jacques Kelly and Hanah Cho and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2004
LeRoy Lindy Conaway, who ran a country store and - for 16 years as mayor - the city of Westminster, died Monday of lung disease at Carroll Hospital Center. He was 73. Mr. Conaway served on the City Council from 1964 to 1973, and he was elected in 1973 to the first of four consecutive terms as mayor. He lost the job by a 12-vote margin in 1989. "I had hoped to leave before I was kicked out," Mr. Conaway said as he left office. "I have enjoyed working with the council, and I feel we have really advanced the city."
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | November 4, 1993
Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown announced yesterday that he will run for Carroll commissioner in the 1994 election.At an afternoon press conference at City Hall, Mr. Brown, aRepublican and frequent critic of the current commissioners, said his experience with the city has prepared him for county office."
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | February 16, 1993
Mayor W. Benjamin Brown barred the City Council, the public and the press from a meeting with selected citizens last night to discuss crime and drug-trafficking in the city in the wake of Westminster's first murder in 1993.Two people who attended the meeting said afterward that the mayor promised additional street lighting in dark areas, removal of a telephone booth where people sometimes congregate near an apartment complex on South Center Street, revival of neighborhood watch programs and a community meeting.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | September 14, 1994
The race for three Carroll County commissioner seats has been narrowed to two incumbents, an ex-county sheriff, the Westminster mayor and a city councilwoman, and a persistent challenger from South Carroll.With 83 percent of the precincts reporting, on the Republican side, Richard T. Yates of Eldersburg had received 24 percent of the vote, incumbent Donald I. Dell of Westminster had 21 percent and Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown had 20 percent.Of the Democrats, Westminster Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein had 25.33 percent, incumbent Elmer C. Lippy had 24.78 percent and former Carroll Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh had 20 percent.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | April 10, 2005
When the residents of seven of Carroll County's eight towns go to the polls next month, they will find on their various ballots two incumbent mayors running unopposed and a third facing stiff competition for the job. A day before tomorrow's filing deadline, one town is short a council candidate and another has a plethora of prospective council members. "The Westminster mayoral race is really sizing up to be a big one, but we will probably have eight council candidates," said Ken Decker, Hampstead town manager.
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By Athima Chansanchai and Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF | December 14, 2004
A councilman and retired banker with 30 years of management experience jumpstarted Westminster's next mayoral race by filing his intent to run yesterday. Thomas K. Ferguson, 62, a first-time candidate for mayor of the county seat, is the first to file for the position. The filing deadline is in April. The election is May 9. Appointed to the Common Council in June 2001 when then-Councilman Kevin E. Dayhoff won the city's mayoral race, Ferguson ran for a four-year council seat last year and reclaimed his spot on the five-member panel.
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By Hanah Cho and Jacques Kelly and Hanah Cho and Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF | March 31, 2004
LeRoy Lindy Conaway, who ran a country store and - for 16 years as mayor - the city of Westminster, died Monday of lung disease at Carroll Hospital Center. He was 73. Mr. Conaway served on the City Council from 1964 to 1973, and he was elected in 1973 to the first of four consecutive terms as mayor. He lost the job by a 12-vote margin in 1989. "I had hoped to leave before I was kicked out," Mr. Conaway said as he left office. "I have enjoyed working with the council, and I feel we have really advanced the city."
NEWS
September 11, 2002
A number of Carroll County churches and organizations will offer memorial services in remembrance of the Sept. 11 attacks. Services are open to the public. Memorials include: The county commissioners will hold a remembrance ceremony in honor of Patriot Day from 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today, in front of the County Office Building. Sen. Larry E. Haines, Del. Donald B. Elliott and Westminster Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff will join the commissioners in commemorating the day. The Westminster Veterans of Foreign Wars Molleville Farm Post 467 will provide an honor guard and gun salute.
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June 3, 2001
Newly elected mayor lauds voting participants I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the Westminster City elections on May 14, 2001. Westminster ran this election for you. Although we doubled the number of voters in this election from the previous election, we all will look forward to an even greater number of folks participating in future elections. We need citizens not spectators. I would like to take this opportunity to personally applaud the efforts of everyone involved in Suzanne Albert's, Damian Halstad's and Roy Chiavacci's election campaigns, for a job well done.
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By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1999
Westminster Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan called yesterday for a countywide summit on a critical issue -- water."With all the growth, water is the No. 1 issue and dwarfs all others," Yowan said as he made his summit suggestion at the quarterly meeting of Carroll mayors with the Board of County Commissioners.Yowan added that he would welcome "anything you can do in the long term to increase the supply."Mayors of the eight towns use the quarterly meetings to air their concerns, and water and economic development topped yesterday's agenda.
NEWS
June 3, 2001
Newly elected mayor lauds voting participants I'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in the Westminster City elections on May 14, 2001. Westminster ran this election for you. Although we doubled the number of voters in this election from the previous election, we all will look forward to an even greater number of folks participating in future elections. We need citizens not spectators. I would like to take this opportunity to personally applaud the efforts of everyone involved in Suzanne Albert's, Damian Halstad's and Roy Chiavacci's election campaigns, for a job well done.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff Writer | January 26, 1993
City Councilman Kenneth A. Yowan planned to ask his colleagues at last night's meeting to have a citizens group study whether Westminster should pay its mayor and council members more.Mr. Yowan said his proposal stemmed from a study of elected officials' salaries across the state compiled recently by the Maryland Municipal League and from the approach of the next city government election May 10.Westminster mayor and council compensation has not been adjusted since 1983, "and if we don't do it now, we'll have to wait until 1997" for new salaries to become effective, Mr. Yowan said.
NEWS
February 12, 1997
The Westminster City Council voted Monday night to endorse the mayor's replacements for two board members who are moving outside the city limits.J. Stewart Zendgraft, now an alternate on the city's Board of Zoning Appeals, will become a member of the board effective March 1 to replace Philip B. Schaeffer, whose term expires in May 1998.The second recommendation by Mayor Kenneth A. Yowan was to name Peter E. Loats to the parks board to replace Misti L. Cole, whose term expires in February 1998.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Sun Staff Writer | September 14, 1994
The race for three Carroll County commissioner seats has been narrowed to two incumbents, an ex-county sheriff, the Westminster mayor and a city councilwoman, and a persistent challenger from South Carroll.With 83 percent of the precincts reporting, on the Republican side, Richard T. Yates of Eldersburg had received 24 percent of the vote, incumbent Donald I. Dell of Westminster had 21 percent and Westminster Mayor W. Benjamin Brown had 20 percent.Of the Democrats, Westminster Councilwoman Rebecca A. Orenstein had 25.33 percent, incumbent Elmer C. Lippy had 24.78 percent and former Carroll Sheriff Grover N. "Sam" Sensabaugh had 20 percent.
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